The Phoenix Permaculture Guild
Phoenix Permaculture Guild Events through September

Detailed info below for all these events.

• First Saturday Sustainability Tour - Saturday, June 2, 2007

• Mesquite Breakfast - Saturday, June 9, 2007

• Rainwater harvesting Workshop - Saturday, June 23, 2007

• Introduction to Permaculture - August 23, 2007 - 6:30pm

• Permaculture 72 hour Design Course - 5 Weekends - Starts Sept 8, 2007

• Fall Organic Gardening Class at the Calico Cow - Saturday, September 22, 2007- 8am

• Scottsdale Green Building Expo - October 05,06, & 07, 2007

• Third Annual Mesquite Milling - Saturday, November 3rd, 2007 - 9am

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First Saturday Sustainability Tour presented by the Phoenix Permaculture Guild
Saturday, June 2nd, 2007- 8:00am - 10:00am

This tour will be the opening piece for the 2006 Permaculture Design Course that starts today.  Join us for our quarterly tour of the Urban Farm where we will explore edible landscaping, water harvesting, urban orcharding and view our newly remodeled outdoor living space and kitchen.

Location:  Urban Farm, 6750 N 13th Place, Phoenix 85014
Directions:  Glendale Ave and 12th Street, 3 blocks East to 13th Place, South to 6750
Contact:  Greg Peterson
Phone: 602-565-7045
Email:  events@permaculture.net
Facilitator:  Greg Peterson
Investment:  $5 donation requested
Website:  www.permaculture.net/phxguild

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Mesquite Breakfast and Information Class on Mesquite presented by the Phoenix Permaculture Guild
Saturday, June 9th, 2007- 7:30am-9:00am

Greg and the crew are cooking mesquite pancakes Saturday morning, and Don Titmus will be talking about desert edibles and how to recognize them (featuring the mesquite tree.)  

Please bring real plates, silverware (disposables not allowed), something to drink, your fav syrup and other breakfast goodies. We will be cooking on our outdoor patio/kitchen.

Also calling all volunteers to cook and help serve. Hope to see you here.

Location:  Urban Farm, 6750 N 13th Place, Phoenix 85014
Directions:  Glendale Ave and 12th Street, 3 blocks East to 13th Place, South to 6750
Contact:  Greg Peterson
Phone: 602-565-7045
Email:  events@permaculture.net
Facilitator:  Greg Peterson
Investment:  Donation requested
Website:  www.permaculture.net/phxguild

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Rainwater Harvesting and Cistern Building Workshop presented by the Phoenix Permaculture Guild

Saturday, June 23th, 2007- 8:00am-noonish

See water harvesting in action.  You will see rainwater harvesting collection systems and we will overview water harvesting concepts and practices.  We will also be assembling rainwater harvesting drums, so bring an empty drum if you like.You WILL leave this workshop with the ability and resources to install your own water harvesting system.  As communities grow and develop, formerly vegetated and porous earthen watersheds are paved over and made impervious.  This urban phenomenon creates scarcity by dehydrating landscapes, increasing downstream flooding, increasing the heat island effect, and creating sterile living environments. However, many of these negative effects can be reversed. Water scarcity can be turned into water abundance.  You will be empowered to turn water scarcity into water abundance at home, in your neighborhood, and beyond.

If you want to assemble your own rainwater drum - Bring a 55 gallon drum, gloves, notebook, additional $10 to $15 to cover plumbing items.

Please RSVP to Don for class attendance and if you will be assembling your own barrel - at fdpc@4dirs.com

Location: 2653 E Butte Circle, Mesa, 85213
Contact:  Don Titmus
Phone: (480)-962-6353
Email: fdpc@4dirs.com
Facilitator:  Don Titmus
Investment:  $40 requested donation
Website:  www.permaculture.net/phxguild

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Introduction to Permaculture presented by the Phoenix Permaculture Guild
Thursday, August 23, 2007- 6:30pm

Just what is permaculture?  Scott gives really down to earth rendition of permaculture and ethics.  If you have never delved into permaculture this would be a great place to start.  Don’t miss this class.

Location:  Urban Farm, 6750 N 13th Place, Phoenix 85014
Directions:  Glendale Ave and 12th Street, 3 blocks East to 13th Place, South to 6750
Contact:  Don Titmus
Phone: (480)-962-6353
Email:  fdpc@4dirs.com
Facilitator:  Don Titmus
Investment:  $5 Donation requested
Website:  www.permaculture.net/phxguild

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Permaculture 72 hour Design Course presented by the Phoenix Permaculture Guild

This is a four weekend plus a Saturday course that runs alternating weekends until Nov 11th.  Each weekend is held at a different venue in the Phoenix area, with the final weekend being in Tucson.  Also there will be a final presentation day on Nov 17th at the Urban Farm.  What is this you ask?  Permaculture is a way of thinking and organizing intelligent ecological and ethical design. It does not focus on the elements of sustainability in themselves, for example the details of organic living, ecobuilding, appropriate technology, community building, green finance, or rainwater harvesting, but on the beneficial relationships between these elements. Further focusing on how they are put together to make them as energy efficient and sustaining as possible, for people, the planet and our ecosystem.

First Weekend:       September 8 & 9, 2007 -  8am – 5pm
Second Weekend:   September 29 & 30, 2007 - 8am – 5pm
Third Weekend:      October 20 & 21, 2007 - 8am – 5pm
Fourth Weekend:    November 10 & 11, 2007 - 8am – 5pm
Final Presentation:  November 17, 2007 -  8am – 5pm
Potluck & Talent Show: November 18, 2007 - 5pm

Locations:  To Be Announced
Contact:  Don Titmus
Phone: (480)-962-6353
Email:  fdpc@4dirs.com
Facilitator:  Various statewide permaculture teachers
Investment:  Four Weekends - $650.00
Website:  www.permaculture.net/phxguild

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Fall Organic Gardening Class at the Calico Cow presented by the Phoenix Permaculture Guild
Saturday, September 22, 2007- 8am - 1pm ish - Then stay for lunch if you like.

We will be hosting our biannual Organic Gardening class at the Calico Cow on Central.  This is a casual class where Jay will share his experiences with gardening in a desert environment.  He will cover planting methods, schedules, what grows and how to grow it.  We will also be cleaning up, fertilizing and planting the garden at the Calico Cow on Central. Bring your gloves and a desire to learn.

Location:  The Calico Cow on Central, 8525 N Central, Phoenix
Directions:  Half way between Northern and Dunlap on Central Avenue
Contact:  Greg Peterson
Phone: 602-565-7045
Email: events@permaculture.net
Facilitator:  TBD
Investment:  $15 Donation requested
Website:  www.permaculture.net/phxguild

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Scottsdale Green Building Expo
Scottsdale Green Building Council
October 05,06, & 07, 2007
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
All Day

The 2007 Green Building Expo event, which is free to all attendees, will include 50-60 exhibitor booths that feature innovative building techniques, indoor environmental quality products such as paints and flooring materials, energy efficient windows, and insulation for walls and attics, to name a few, that show us we have better choices.  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet professionals who have implemented rain water harvesting systems and graywater  systems, photo voltaic panels, edible gardens and green remodeling, all of which can contribute to savings of natural resources and money on electric and water bills. The event also features demonstrations and workshops.  The Friday schedule begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 7 p.m.; the Saturday schedule begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 5 p.m.

Location:  Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd Street
Free
http://www.greenbuildingexpo.com/newsroom.html

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Third Annual Mesquite Milling - Phoenix Permaculture Guild

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007 - 9am - 1pm
Event is Free - Donation for Milling: $5 for 5 gallons of dry pods

 *  A 5 gallon bucket of beans = 1 gallon flour 1 = about 2 lb. In the store one pound of
 mesquite flour sells for $7 to $15.
 *  Carob milling will be available at end of mesquite milling.
 *  Milling of Mesquite is a process by which the mesquite beans are pulverized into a
 protein rich powder very similar to flour.  This powder or flour is very tasty and can be
 used in protein drinks, soups , cookies , breads ....

 Mesquite Collection Information
 1.  Collect only dry beans.
 2.  Collect only beans that are on the trees.
 3.  If you must collect beans off the ground here are some caveats:

 * Beans presented for milling MUST contain only beans.  Any beans presented that have
 stones, sticks or other debris CANNOT be milled. These other items damage the mill.

 * Beans soaked or damaged by water cannot be milled.

 * Beans should not be collected where there has been pesticide spraying.

 4.  Once you collect the beans they need to be dried.  We suggest using your solar oven
 to lightly toast the beans.  This dries them out and kills any of the bugs that like to
 inhabit the beans. Otherwise, when it comes time to mill the beans they can be infested
 with bugs. To dry and to rid beans of bugs it is suggested that you heat the beans for a
 minimum of 2 hours at 160F. Solarizing options: spread on tarp on driveway (but beware of
 rain - if it doesn't ruin beans it will change their flavour).

 5.  Store the beans in airtight containers.  Once you have dried the beans put them in
 airtight bags or 5 gallon buckets with airtight lids.

Location:  To Be Announced
Contact:  Greg Peterson
Email: Greg@urbanfarm.org
Event is Free - Donation for Milling: $5 for 5 gallons of dry pods
Phone: 602-565-7045
www.permaculture.net/phxguild

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